Friday, December 21, 2007
"Oh Come All Ye Faithful"
This is one of my top ten Christmas Carols because it's so fun (for a man) to sing. The chorus has such great singing parts for men's voices. Words by John F. Wade 1710-1786. A Catholic layman, Wade fled the Jacobean rebellion in 1745, settling in Douay, France. He taught music and copied plain chant and hymn manuscripts for private use. The image is the translator Frederick Oakeley 1810-1880.
The music is Adeste Fideles, attributed variously to John Wade, John Reading, or Simao Portogallo.